Massimo Izzo

Massimo Izzo
  • Name
    Massimo Izzo
  • Genres
    Lectures & Workshops

Egyptologist, Near Eastern archaeologist and Engineer, born in Naples in 1961, lecturer in Italy and foreign countries, runs monographic courses and lectures on Archaeology since 2005. - M.A. with honors in Marine Engineering at the University Federico II of Naples. - B.A. with honors in Science of Cultural Heritage, archaeological curriculum, University of Pisa - M.A. with honors in Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East, with honors, University of Pisa
As Engineer and Egyptologist, he's been part of University of Pisa archaeological mission in Egypt, Dra Abu El-Naga, TT14 Theban tomb, Luxor, under the direction of Prof. Marilina Betrò. Since 2005, lectures and courses in cultural centres devoted to popularizing historical knowledge, including, since 2016, the participation as lecturer in cultural areas of musical festivals as BOOM, OZORA, SHANKRA, MODEM, PSY-FI, WAO et al.
The subjects of teachings and conferences include Archaeology, Anthropology with reference to history of Shamanism, Depth Psychology in relation to ancient conceptions.

SAN PEDRO shamanism through time
Very rarely anthropology has enough ancient archaeological material to study the history of some form of shamanism. And just in a single case of study a shamanic tradition lasted more than 2500 years being still alive today. This happens with the shamanism revolving around the Peruvian cactus San Pedro, the Echinopsis Pachanoi.
Our journey through time starts with one of the most ancient civilizations of Peru, centred around the pre-inca archaeological site Chavìn de Huantar and its findings.
According to tradition, the San Pedro spirit belongs to the kingdom of the wind-spirits that integrate itself with the spirits of the underworld in a complex structure well represented by the Lanzon, a carved obelisk uniting the sky and the underground as an axis-mundi. Sky and earth are also the elements of the two human souls that many ancient traditions tell us are the vehicles of the journeys into the unknown: we will shortly mention the relationship between the two souls and the shamanic journeys in terms of Depth Psychology. We will also briefly illustrate the tradition, still alive today, of San Pedro ceremonies in the North of Peru, through their features and rituals, something not widely known.

GOBEKLI TEPE, the dawn of civilization
The presentation revolves around the most important archaeological and architectural discovery of the 21th century, Gobekli Tepe, Turkey, an entire hill covered with several oval monumental structures built for gathering of prehistoric nomad hunter-gatherers, at a time even preceding sedentism and village economy, 9500 b.C.. The very large stone structures are fitted with monumental pillars of strictly geometrical shape, a first in history, most of them decorated with elaborated bas-relief of dramatic impact and highly charged symbolic content, up to 6 mt tall and weighing some 20 tons. The benches placed around the perimeter of the oval structures clearly show the usage: gathering of people.
The discovery in recent times of tens of surrounding and still unexcavated sites linked to Gobekli have already highlighted the major surprise. We identified an entire civilization, the "T pillar civilization", in the place where Homo Sapiens decided to leave nomadism, assembling many small groups of hunter-gatherers, in order to protect themselves from the dangers of the Great Mother and create a stable and safe social structure. The ones that have been responsible for the invention of architecture, agriculture and farming, that is culture in general terms. The real forefathers of modernity.